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Are Hybrid RIAs Changing the Industry?

Are Hybrid RIAs Changing the Industry?

June 20, 2018

Are Hybrid RIAs Changing the Industry? June 19, 2018 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault In the last blog post, we talked about some differences between Independent Broker Dealers, Registered Investment Advisers, and Wirehouses, as well as the types of advisors associated with each firm. RIAs have generally been regarded as completely different models from …

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The World of Investment Advice Professionals

June 7, 2018

The World of Investment Advice Professionals June 6, 2018 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault In the last blog post, we offered an overview of the types of firms that sell alternative investments. Within the channels of Independent Broker Dealers, Registered Investment Advisers, and Wire Houses, investors can expect to work one-on-one with an investment professional …

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Overview of Sales Channels

May 24, 2018

Overview of Sales Channels May 23, 2018 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault The alternative investment industry has long relied on the Independent Broker Dealer (IBD) channel for its sales; however, a broader array of financial firms are embracing the benefits of income and non-correlation that these products can offer investors seeking diversification into nontraditional …

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Don't Miss Summit 2018!

January 24, 2018

Don’t Miss Summit 2018! January 24, 2018 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault   Blue Vault’s fourth annual Broker Dealer Educational Summit will be held Monday, March 12, 2018 - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at The Alfond Inn, Winter Park, Florida. The Summit gives leading alternative investment product sponsors, including those offering nontraded REITs, BDCs, …

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How the New Tax Law Impacts Commercial Real Estate Investment

January 17, 2018

How the New Tax Law Impacts Commercial Real Estate Investment January 16, 2018 | James Sprow | Blue Vault We can parse the impacts of the new tax law that President Trump signed recently into first effects and secondary effects. Put simply, some provisions are likely to directly affect the cash flows to investors from …

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More on Interval Funds

January 15, 2018

More on Interval Funds January 15, 2018 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault In recent weeks, we looked at the characteristics of closed-end interval funds. Like mutual funds, interval funds offer shares continuously that are priced daily based on net asset value (NAV). While open-end mutual funds can be redeemed daily, interval funds only offer …

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Preferred Stocks: Quick Read

January 4, 2018

Preferred Stocks: Quick Read January 4, 2018 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault Preferred stock shares have been around for a long time, but what are they and why are they relevant to investors in alternative investments? Capital stack • Holders of preferred stocks have a higher claim on a company’s assets and earnings than …

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Will Real Estate Investors Benefit from Tax Changes?

December 21, 2017

Now that the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” has been passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, investors in real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other alternative real estate investments may stand to benefit.

How Interval Funds Compare with Traditional Closed-End Funds

December 7, 2017

How Interval Funds Compare with Traditional Closed-End Funds December 7, 2017 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault Last week, we looked at the similarities between closed-end interval funds and mutual funds. Like mutual funds, interval funds offer the transparency, regular valuations, and investor protection elements of the 1940 Act. As a recap, both interval funds …

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An Introduction to Interval Funds

November 30, 2017

Closed-end interval funds are a relatively new way for investors to participate in alternative investments like real estate. But what are they, and how are they different from other real estate offerings?

SEC Filings Part 2: A Closer Look at Some Key Issues

November 16, 2017

SEC Filings Part 2: A Closer Look at Some Key Issues November 15, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) aims to make it as easy as possible for investors to fully research companies before they invest in them. You can use the SEC’s EDGAR database to find answers …

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SEC Filings Part 1: What are All of Those Forms?

November 9, 2017

SEC Filings: What are All of Those Forms?  November 10, 2017 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault Reading companies’ Securities and Exchange Commission filings probably doesn’t rank as high on the fun factor as say, watching a good movie or going to a concert. However, they do serve an important purpose. Finding valuable information The SEC …

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America’s Data Centers Deliver Results

October 17, 2017

America’s Data Centers Deliver Results October 13, 2017 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault Given the destruction caused by recent hurricanes, it’s impressive to learn that internet service and the cloud remained intact and resilient, even as millions of people lost power or saw their homes and businesses flooded.[1] What makes this connectivity possible, even after catastrophic …

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Do We Need to Re-Think Inflation Expectations?

October 13, 2017

Do We Need to Re-Think Inflation Expectations? October 12, 2017 | James Sprow | Blue Vault One big question that Fed officials and economists generally are grappling with is “What’s happened to inflation?” The standard benchmark that Federal Reserve policy makers have used is an annual consumer price index rising at 2%. The persistence of …

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SEC Working Toward a Proposal on a New Fiduciary Rule

October 5, 2017

On Wednesday, October 4, in a Capitol Hill appearance, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton told lawmakers that the agency is drafting its own proposal for a fiduciary rule, according to Investment News.

The Art of Wholesaling

September 28, 2017

In an upcoming blog series, Blue Vault is going to examine the role of the wholesaler in the financial services industry.

It’s been said that wholesalers are the ‘muscle’ behind the billions of dollars of fund shares sold through advisors and bought by investors each year. A wholesaler is someone who represents a product sponsor and its offerings. Known for being ‘road warriors’ who travel the country, wholesalers visit advisors and Broker Dealers to educate them about the benefits of the sponsor’s offerings and the unique value they bring to the marketplace of investments.

How Are Markets Rebounding from Harvey?

September 21, 2017

As the city of Houston continues its recovery after Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding, analysts are starting to size up the long-term implications on the real estate market, real estate investments, and the overall economy.

How Commercial Real Estate Mitigates Disasters

September 15, 2017

How Commercial Real Estate Mitigates Disasters September 15, 2017 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault Whenever a natural disaster strikes, investors in commercial properties may wonder how their assets are being managed and protected. According to the Whole Building Design Guide, a program of the National Institute of Building Sciences, “the most successful way to …

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Emergency Preparedness: Some Best Practices for Property Managers

September 7, 2017

As we saw last week with Hurricane Harvey and now with Irma headed toward south Florida, Mother Nature can be relentless. When it comes to protecting property – whether personal or business-related – having a current emergency preparedness plan in place helps preserve human life and minimize damage as much as possible.

When it comes to protecting commercial real estate (CRE), property managers usually have the responsibility for preparing emergency plans. Such plans protect the safety of employees who work in the buildings as well as the buildings themselves as much as possible.

What’s Next for Houston’s Downtown Business District?

August 31, 2017

What’s Next for Houston’s Downtown Business District? August 31, 2017 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault As the nation witnesses the historic and catastrophic flooding in the city of Houston, one question on the minds of many is, “What will it take to recover and rebuild?” According to the Houston Downtown Management District (HDMD), the …

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Have You Been Tracking Sales Lately?

August 25, 2017

If you’ve been following sales trends in alternative investments, you’ve likely noticed that sales are down. After reporting sales of $350.9 million in June, nontraded REIT (NTR) sponsors’ monthly total for July fell to $245.8 million – a difference of 30%.

Business Development Companies (BDCs), nonlisted Interval Funds, and nonlisted Closed-End Funds were also down in the month of July. Private Placement sales declined as well, albeit only by a very modest -0.7%.

Who’s Who in Alternative Investment Offerings?

August 17, 2017

Investors looking at prospectuses for nontraded REITs (NTRs), Business Development Companies (BDCs), and other alternative investments might see a diagram, organization chart, or other explanation of the entities involved in the offering. But, how can the reader make sense of their roles, especially if some of those entities have the same name or are the same company?

The Latest on the DOL Fiduciary Rule

August 11, 2017

It looks like there’s yet another reprieve on the final implementation of the Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule. After sitting on the back burner while President Trump called for a reassessment of the ruling, the DOL earlier this year said that it wouldn’t start full enforcement until January 1, 2018. Now the date has moved to July 1, 2019 – a full 18 months later. Investment News reported on August 9 that the DOL submitted this proposal to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the OMB must review and approve the proposal before it can go into effect. The delay itself could require its own rule making process, according to the article.

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I have been using Blue Vault Partners for the past five years.  I have found them to be a valuable, unbiased resource when it comes to evaluating and comparing non-traded REITs.  The reports help me analyze which sponsors are doing a responsible job of managing their offerings.  This allows me to limit my REIT recommendations to only the most competitive products, and then track those REITs throughout their life cycle.

Gil Armour, CFP SagePoint Financial, Inc. February 3, 2016